Utility Rate Hike, IBM Proposal Approved at Rochester City Council

November 20, 2017 11:48 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Rochester City Council approved several agenda items on Monday night, most notably a rate increase and decision that could change the city's business landscape.

The average homeowner can expect a $1.51 raise in their monthly utility bill. The council passed a 1.5% overall Electric Utility Rate increase for next year. It was previously approved by the Rochester Public Utility Board. No Council member opposed the motion.


IBM is moving forward with subdividing its campus into three lots which will be known as “Rochester Business Park."  IBM plans to sell the land then lease back some of the building space.

During the public hearing, one woman who lives just south of IBM asked who the potential buyer is and what it could mean for area residents.

"I am just very concerned about a big business - or an industrial business - being there that could be harmful not only to our health, but the health of the city. So I am just wondering when we will know more about that," she said.

The Council pointed her in the direction IBM's Real Estate Strategy and Operations Manager, saying they don't even have answers yet. Councilman Nick Campion motioned to move forward on three conditions making minor changes to the final plat's language. The motion was then carried unanimously.

The City Council was also set to discuss forming a task force to evaluate a proposal for a new arena, but that item was tabled.


Hannah Tiede

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